Hello January!

I love the New Year and the tradition of looking back and reflecting on the past twelve months. The good, the bad and the ugly are always clearer in hindsight. It’s an opportunity to reset, refresh and set new goals for ourselves.

Each month as we prepare our new monthly features for the following menu cycle we consider many factors.

What produce is in season? What trends are we seeing in Cincinnati and around the country? And for January, how can we offer new menu options that are in line with what our customers are seeking for the new year?

We can’t help you exercise more but we can make ordering food easier with our new website (check it out: www.aynies.com) and our fresh options.

It is important at Aynie’s Corporate Catering to have not only delicious, fresh food but also visually appealing food. Since pomegranates are in season through February, this month we are offering the Pomegranate, Orange Salad with Feta cheese and toasted almonds. We love the pop of color from the fresh sliced oranges and pomegranate seeds.

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This salad is a great Boxed Lunch and is also awesome as a side with any of our buffets.

Pomegranates are considered a superfood because of their high levels of antioxidants, Vitamin C and potassium. Additionally, they have a tart sweetness that is a great addition to any healthy eating plan. Add to guacamole for a little burst of sweet to counter the heat of the peppers. You can also add pomegranate seeds to your yogurt or oatmeal in the morning for a new twist on breakfast. Since we have pomegranates at the store, I have been spreading avocado on wheat toast and sprinkling the pomegranate seeds on top…score!

Another new favorite at the store is our Winter Wheat Berry Salad. What are wheat berries? These delicious, chewy little bites are the source of all wheat products and have a sweet, nutty flavor. They are not gluten free but are chock full of nutrients, protein and fiber. Wheat berries are literally the wheat kernel before all the goodness is stripped away to make flour. They are also a wonderful base for any grain salad, stir fry or pilaf.

This month, Aynie’s Corporate Catering has paired wheat berries with roasted sweet potatoes and butternut squash, dried fruit, crunchy fresh veggies and tossed with a honey, lemon vinaigrette. This hearty salad is satisfying as a side with any of our buffets or as a Boxed Lunch.

Want to try wheat berries at home? There are tons of recipes online but my favorite is the Wheat Berry Salad with Roast Chicken and Dried Cherries. We add creamy goat cheese, toasted pecans and of course, Aynie’s White Balsamic Vinaigrette for a quick, easy dinner in my house. Wheat berries can take up to an hour to simmer but are worth the time. Once cooked they hold well and can even be frozen.

Try something new in 2018. Aynie’s loves to work with different ingredients and bring interest to our menu. Want a sample? Just ask!

Catering fatigue? Aynie’s has the answer!

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Are you experiencing Catering Fatigue at the office?  It is easy to fall into the routine of ordering from chain catering companies. I get it. It’s easy.

It’s also pretty boring and let’s face it, often unappealing.

We’ve all been in the meeting with the over processed turkey sandwiches with limp pasta salad and premade cookies.

The benefit of being a small corporate caterer in Cincinnati is that we can customize our entire menu to fit your event or meeting.

At Aynie’s Corporate Catering, our speciality is Corporate Catering. Creating menus for corporate events is what we do.

We aren’t a “part time” or “sometimes” caterer who really does weddings or retail. There is a difference in the attention to detail and ability to customize for your group, while consistently making our customers happy.

We use the highest quality ingredients and prepare them to order—no tubs of pasta salad, precut fruit and cheap deli meat here!

Do you have a meeting? We deliver all over the Cincinnati Tri-State area. Because we are a locally owned, small business, we can prepare small or large batches to order.  

Need a nut free option? Gluten free? Want to keep it light but are sick of serving sandwiches? Give us a try!

We love to talk to our customers and receive feedback and suggestions.  It’s one way we keep it fresh and continue to refine our service.  

Aynie’s Catering also creates a unique monthly menu using seasonal ingredients. Every month we scour Cincinnati and the web for new recipes and trends.

New for January are Aynie’s Fabulous Bowls. Served warm, perfect for January, and filled with nourishing seasonal ingredients that won’t leave your group feeling sluggish. Want a more substantial option? Back for a limited time, Aynie’s Meatloaf. As always, prepared to order and served with Smashed Redskin Potatoes and Steamed Veggies.  

Check out our January Features menuPotential customers… call us! We want to earn your business.

We have many options from Fabulous Boxed Lunches to All Inclusive Buffets with fresh sides and salads to Hot Entrees, Soups made in house (not from a bag) Breakfast and All Day Meeting Plans.  

Don’t see what you are looking for, give us a call (513)253-6955 or email [email protected] and let us help you create a successful meeting/corporate event or add you to our email list to receive Monthly Features and specials.

Cinco de Mayo at Aynie’s Catering

Thursday, May 5th is Mexican Independence Day.

Cinco de Mayo also is a perfect opportunity to order Aynie’s Fajita Bar for your corporate catering event!

If you have at least ten people to feed, Aynie’s Fajita Bar is a great way to meet even your pickiest eater’s needs. Meat eaters will enjoy our seasoned steak or chicken. If you have a large crowd, order half chicken and half beef. Sauteed peppers and onions are served separately for people who are finicky.

The Santa Fe Salad has corn and black bean salsa with avocado, cheddar cheese and green onions served on mixed greens. Add a half pan of seasoned black beans for your veggie lovers.

Concepcion’s authentic guacamole recipe is delicious. Served with two bags of tortilla chips, one order is enough to satisfy ten coworkers.

Make your May corporate catering a hit—order the Fajita Bar from Aynie’s Catering.

Aynie’s Black and Blue Salad

Looking for a new salad choice for your corporate catering event?

Aynie’s Black and Bleu Salad may be the perfect choice.

Blackened sirloin, crisped bacon, mild bleu cheese, and tomatoes top crisp mixed greens to create Aynie’s Black and Bleu Salad. Our chef, Holly, creates bleu cheese dressing from scratch as the perfect topping.

Aynie’s Catering has many fabulous salad choices—we create exceptional salads, which are beautiful centerpieces for any catering event. You may order this fresh salad as part of an all inclusive buffet with your choice of soup and Joyce’s fresh baked bread.

Aynie’s Seasonal Salad menu for the month of April lists our Black and Bleu Salad in larger sizes for your corporate meetings. If you’re treating your office mates or yourself, Aynie’s Black and Bleu also comes as an individual Salad Box and makes a great choice.

Shelf Life? Good or Bad?

Polysorbate 60, Propylene Glycol, Alginate, Potassium Sorbate, Calcium Disodium, EDTA, and more… (???)

The partial ingredient list above is commonly found on the back of prepackaged salad dressing packets.

Can you even pronounce most of these chemical-sounding words? These chemical additives are certainly not part of a healthy diet.

These chemicals add months to the shelf life of prepackaged salad dressings. The shelf life of Aynie’s dressings is only seven days. Why would you want it to be longer?

Aynie’s Catering makes their salad dressings from scratch.

Chef Holly, makes our dressings in our catering kitchen. You will never experience a strange aftertaste from Aynie’s dressings because they are made in house from real ingredients.